The samurai Moritoh Enda (Kazuo Hasegawa) performs a heroic act by rescuing the lovely Lady Kesa (Machiko Kyo) from a violent uprising. The warrior falls in love with Kesa, but becomes distraught when he finds out that she is already married to a man named Wataru Watanabe (Isao Yamagata). Unable to shake his obsession with Kesa, Moritoh grows increasingly unstable and will not stop in his pursuit of her, no matter what the consequences.
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Interesting piece on obsession. A great warrior but socially awkward samurai asks for the hand of a married woman as a payment for his loyalty to his master. This strange and inappropriate request sets forth a journey down a sinister path where all involved are destined to crash together at the end of it. Gate of Hell does well at developing the breakdown of its crazed warrior Morito, but it suffers from long awkward shots that had me scratching my head. I'm not a fan of the long real time shots that do nothing to further the story, but other than those, this was a fine piece.